Diego Forlan rates Manchester United's decision to sign Edinson Cavani

Former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan has given the club’s pursuit of compatriot and free agent Edinson Cavani his seal of approval and believes he can make a big impact.

The 33-year-old striker has emerged as a shock target for the Red Devils, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keen to upgrade his attacking options and bring in a more proven number nine than Odion Ighalo.

United have spent much of the summer chasing Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, though look set to go without a new right winger unless the German side have a dramatic change of heart.

Cavani’s arrival would increase the depth and options available to Solskjaer up top, while he is also keen to harness the Uruguayan’s experience in an otherwise very youthful attack.

Forlan – who famously flopped during his own spell at Old Trafford – knows Cavani well from their time together with the national team and is convinced he can be an asset for the team on and, more so, off the pitch.

‘I think Cavani is going to do well,’ Forlan told The National when asked about the prospect of his long-time international teammate moving to Manchester.

‘Edinson will show his conduct and way of doing things, his professionalism, the way he works hard and trains.

‘It will be his conduct that other players can watch and learn from.’

Cavani enjoyed an enormously productive seven years at PSG, scoring 200 goals in 301 appearances in all competitions and winning the Ligue 1 title six times.

After making it clear he would not be signing a new deal with the Parisians, however, he was left out of their squad for the resumption of the Champions League and has not played a competitive match of football since March, before the coronavirus pandemic.

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